Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary Programs

Minor in African American and African Studies

The Minor in African American and African Studies, administered by the College of Arts and Letters provides students with an interdisciplinary study of the historical and contemporary lived experiences of African descendants in the United States and elsewhere in the northern hemispheric African Diaspora, as well as continental African nations and peoples. Students in the minor will select a concentration in either Politics and Society or Humanities and Culture.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, 6 of the 18 credits in courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The 12 credit core curriculum requirement comprised of AAAS 100, 300, 390, and 495 are unique credits that may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the student’s bachelor’s degree program.

Requirements for the Minor in African American and African Studies

                 
Students must complete 18 credits from the following:  
1.   All of the following core courses (12 credits):  
    AAAS 100 Race and Community in Local to Global Perspective 3
    AAAS 300 Survey in Africana Studies 3
    AAAS 390 Special Topics in Black/Africana Studies 3
    AAAS 495 Advanced Research in African American and African Studies 3
2.   Complete a minimum of 6 credits in courses from one of the following concentrations:  
    Politics and Society      
    ANP 330 Race, Ethnicity, and Nation: Anthropological Approaches to Collective Identity 3
    EC 414 Economic Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa (W) 3
    HST 312 African American Women 3
    HST 360 African History to 1800 3
    HST 361 African History since 1800 3
    HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
    MC 324B Regional Politics, Cooperation, and Conflict in Sub Saharan Africa 4
    MC 372 Comparative Black Political Thought 4
    MC 377 Culture, Politics, and Post-Colonialism 4
    MC 383 African American Politics 4
    PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
    PLS 304 Minority Politics 3
    PLS 351 African Politics 3
    PLS 377 American Political Thought 3
    SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
    SOC 330 Social Stratification 3
    SOC 375 Urban Sociology 3
    History 480 must have a significant focus on African American and African Studies subject matter and have prior approval by the Director of the Minor prior to enrollment.  
    Humanities and Culture    
    ENG 350 Readings in African, African-American, or African Diaspora Literature 3
    ENG 353 Readings in Women Writers 3
    ENG 360 African History to 1800 3
    ENG 420 Language and Culture 3
    HST 310 African American History to 1876 3
    HST 311 African American History since 1876 3
    HST 360 African History to 1800 3
    HST 361 African History since 1800 3
    HST 383 The Caribbean 3
    HST 480 Seminar in American History (W) 3
    IAH 211C Area Studies and Multicultural Civilizations: The Americas (D) 4
    IAH 231B Themes and Issues: Moral Issues and the Arts and Humanities (D) 4
    IAH 241A Creative Arts and Humanities: Music and Society in the Modern World (D) 4
    MC 395 Cultural Dimensions of Public Affairs 4
    MUS 426 Music of Africa 4
    MUS 491 Special Topics in Music 1 to 4
    PHL 350 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy 3
    WRA 125 Writing: The American Ethnic and Racial Experience 4
    History 480 must have a significant focus on African American and African Studies subject matter and have prior approval by the Director of the Minor prior to enrollment.